Ori Robotic System Turns Your Studio Into A Two-Room Apartment

Living in a micro apartment of no more than 300 square feet? You’re not the only one. Young people in big cities are forced to adapt to small spaces with a manageable rent. Thankfully, more and more designers are paying attention to the situation, finding ways to utilize every nook and even create from one room, two. Researchers from MIT’s CityHome partnered up with renowned designer Yves Behar to create the Ori(gami) intelligent home system #objectmagic

The Ori robotic system might look like a simple shelf unit that doubles as a Murphy bed but it’s so much more. On one side, you’ll discover the bed and closet while on the other, you’ll find a place to work at as well as spend your evenings. The bed slides out from under the storage space while a bench comes out from under the TV.

Everything is controlled from a pyramid-like panel but can also be activated remotely, from a smartphone app. The MIT team developed the electronics and software that allows the smart furniture to move around while Yves Behar made sure everything looked good, had consistency and made a house, home: “Each room can be preset for a space, including preferred integrated lighting, so that one touch on the physical interface or on the corresponding app will morph the room.”

Should you set the Ori furniture in the middle, you’ll find that instead of a crowded studio, you get a livingroom and bedroom. So far, the home system is available in Boston, Washington DC and Seattle but with a bit of luck it could “cross the ocean” next year.

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